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Brown U. marries brains and computers

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Brain-computer interfaces at Brown University have taken another step forward. And the key this time is to go wireless and rechargeable. This newest brain sensor is not that far along, by any means. It's only gotten through testing in a handful of animals. But those trials have gone like gangbusters, with the implant working continuously for over a year. Brown sees the advance as a next-generation tool to help paralyzed patients move objects with their thoughts, minus being tethered to any connecting wires. Brown engineering professor Arto Nurmikko told FierceMedicalDevices via email that the team anticipates its new wireless device will "be in due course transitioned to the medical device industry"--that means some sort of eventual licensing deal or spinoff based on the technology. Article

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